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Day: January 22, 2018

McNary honors senior wrestlers

Of the Keizertimes

McNary rolled on Thursday, Jan. 18, defeating McKay 51-12 and West Salem 55-15.

But the Celtics couldn’t carry that momentum over to senior night, falling to North Salem 42-30 on Friday, Jan. 19.

“We wrestled way better yesterday than we did tonight and I’m not talking effort,” McNary head coach Jason Ebbs said. “I’m talking about technique. There’s certain mistakes that we made tonight that we simply did not make last night and they were fatal mistakes.”

Senior Brayden Ebbs (170) opened Friday’s home dual, his final at McNary, with a pin in the first period. After North Salem won the next two matches by major decision and pin fall to go ahead 10-6, senior Blake Norton (220) earned a pin in the second period to put the Celtics on top 12-10.

But North Salem won the next four matches, including a forfeit at 106 pounds, to grab the lead and never let it go.

At 126 pounds, McNary junior Enrique Vincent pinned his opponent in 30 seconds. Senior Jerry Martinez then earned a pin in the second period at 132 pounds. The Celtics final six points came on a forfeit at 145 pounds.

Senior Josiah Christensen led his match 2-0 at 152 pounds before getting pinned in the second period.

“That’s one of those matches, if those guys wrestle 10 times, it goes 5-5,” coach Ebbs said. “Those are two guys that are probably equally matched.”

The Celtics lost two matches, 285 and 138, by 3-0 and 4-3 decisions.

“The most important thing that needs to matter right now is they need to know what those mistakes are and we need to fix them and we need to turn that into consistent behavior and we do that in two weeks (at districts) and we’ll come back after this team,” coach Ebbs said. “They’ll know we’re coming.”

Grady Burrows (106) and Tony Castaneda (113) were out with injuries.

We’ve got people who could make us a little bit tougher but I’m very happy to have the lineup we had with us tonight based on everything we’re dealing with,” coach Ebbs said.

McNary honored all eight of its seniors before the dual: Ebbs, Martinez, Norton, Christensen, Joe Collins, Noah Grunberg, Alex Harrison and Isaiah Putnam.

“That stuff is always special,” coach Ebbs said. “That stuffs more important than who won the senior night dual. Some of those guys are first-year wrestlers, some of those guys are four-year wrestlers. Some have been wrestling for half their life and I’ve known them for half their life. The bonds that we form here are a little different than most teams. That makes our senior night pretty special.”

The Celtics earned five pins against McKay on Thursday: Vincent (126), Castaneda (106), Norton (220), Randal Nordberg (182)and Garrett Wampler (170).

Martinez won by a 16-6 major decision and Grunberg added a 15-0 technical fall.

McNary won four matches by points. Christensen won 12-7 at 152 pounds and Ebbs edged his opponent 6-4 at 160. Collins earned a 3-2 victory at 285 and Rigoberto Hernandez won 13-9 at 113.

Wampler, Norton, Hernandez and Jaydin Gomez all had pins against West Salem. Grunberg won a 16-4 major decision. Martinez and Nick Hernandez each won by one point, 7-6 and 9-8. Castaneda added a 10-3 victory in the rout.

The Celtics travel to West Albany on Thursday, Jan. 25 for their final league dual of the season. The district meet is Feb. 2-3 at McKay.

Cinema greenlit at Keizer Station

Of the Keizertimes

Keizer is getting a movie theater.

At its meeting Tuesday, Jan. 16, the Keizer City Council authorized City Manager Chris Eppley to sign a lease for a site in Keizer Station with the owner of Keizer Cinema 9 LLC, Charles Nakvasil.

The site is located across from the Transit Center on Keizer Station Boulevard Northeast and the lease will net the city nearly $150,000 annually over at least the next 50 years. The cinema will have the option to extend the lease for up to 99 years.

Construction is expected to begin soon with an opening in the fall or winter. Keizer Cinema 9 will be a first-run theater with nine screens offering beer, liquor, wine and food.

In October 2016, Nakvasil approached the city about leasing the land through a broker, Pate Retail Properties. In July 2017, Keizer made adjustments to the master plan at Keizer Station allowing for the new building. In November 2017, the proposed design was unveiled at a meeting of the Keizer Planning Commission and waivers were approved for fewer windows than would otherwise have been required.

The city will begin collecting rent on the property – $12,260 per month, or $142,120 annually – 90 days after the theater opens or beginning March 1, 2019.

Rent will increase two percent per year with a “look back” every 10 years to adjust up or down based on the Consumer Price Index.

Construction of the theater will require a new, signaled intersection on Keizer Station Boulevard, that project was already in the works as part of a deal with the Salem-Keizer Transit District but will likely be fast-tracked now that the theater is imminent.

The intersection will allow for left-hand turns into the cinema parking lot and for buses to turn left leaving the transit center.

The city’s obligations for improvements installing curb cut entries, driveways from the street through the sidewalk, realigning sidewalks, constructing a deceleration lane on Lockhaven Drive Northeast, and constructing a sound wall on the north side of the property to provide screening to the adjacent neighborhood.

Keizer Cinema 9 will be responsible for everything beyond the sidewalk. As far as when construction might begin, Keizer Community Development Director Nate Brown said Nakvasil hoped to apply for a foundation permit as soon as the end of this week.

“A lot that has been happening quietly, but moving forward steadily,” Brown said.

Pate Retail Properties will receive a 3 percent commission on the rent for the first 20 years of the lease.

“It’s going to be cool,” said Eppley.

Lady Celts win at the buzzer

McNary junior Abbie Hawley made a shot at the buzzer as the Lady Celts defeated Greater Valley Conferce rival South Salem 39-38 on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Hawley led McNary with 13 points and four rebounds.

Senior Kailey Doutt added 11 points and seven rebounds in the victory.

The Lady Celts hadn’t defeated South Salem since assistant coach Deven Hunter’s senior year (2012).

McNary rebounded from a 58-39 loss at McMinnville on Friday, Jan. 12.

Doutt had 21 points and nine rebounds.

Hawley and Paige Downer each added seven points.

Sabella Alfaro scored the only four other points in the road loss.

The Lady Celts, 11-4 overall and 5-2 in league play, are back in action on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at home against North Salem at 6:45 p.m.